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Does a Growling Stomach Mean You're Hungry?

Posted by Lake Health Bariatric Team on Nov 28, 2018 12:25:44 PM



Have you ever heard your stomach growl, gurgle or rumble? A common misconception is that a growling stomach means you're hungry, but this is usually not the case.

As a matter of fact, the growling, gurgling or rumbling sounds you hear are coming from your small intestine or colon, not your stomach. These sounds are the result of air and fluid moving through your digestive tract and are not related to hunger.

As you lose weight, you may hear more sounds from your abdomen due to decreased sound insulation. Next time you hear growling or rumbling coming from your abdomen, try ignoring it and ask yourself, “Am I actually hungry?”

A great way to make sure you stay on track when you are truly hungry is to have healthy meals and snacks on hand to avoid unhealthy fast food pitfalls. Check out the Bariatric Surgery Center’s Pinterest board for healthy recipe inspiration curated by our dietitians. You can also find recipes perfect for the cold weather on our blog post, "A Day's Worth of Healthy Recipes for Fall." 




Topics: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery